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Hack 1.0 is the first public release of Hack. Andries Brouwer published it to the (now-obsolete) Usenet newsgroup net.sources in December 1984.

Availability Edit

Google Groups has archived most of the original postings:

Part 15, however, is missing. By examining the code and the makefile, it is seen that the files are named rnd.c, savelev.h and rumors. At least two other archives of Hack code are also missing the part with the rumors file, namely a port to the Amiga (ported by John and Mary Ellen Tobes) and Hack 1.0.2; it seems that something in the rumors file did not agree with the news site from which Google Groups obtained its older Usenet archives.

It is nonetheless possible to construct a working Hack 1.0 distribution, by using similar files from later ports and versions. Ali Harlow[1] has a Hack 1.0 distribution at [2]; this is also available on Wikihack for browsing and annotation: Hack 1.0 source code.

The adventurer Edit

The player may choose a Tourist, a Speleologist, a Fighter, a Knight, a Cave-man, or a Wizard. No option to play as female is available.

The adventurer has experience, hit points, armor class, and strength. He may advance to experience level 14.

The initial pet is a little dog.

Dungeon features Edit

The dungeon in Hack 1.0 has no branches; there is one way up and one way down. The first 25 levels or so consist of rooms, and beyond that, the adventurer encounters mazes.

Special rooms are shops, treasure zoos, and vaults. If the player's login name is "david", David's Treasure Zoo appears much more frequently.

Traps are:

The Amulet of Yendor is found under a boulder in a maze level. The Wizard of Yendor does not appear in Hack 1.0.

Bestiary Edit

The following monsters may be encountered:

NameSymbolNotes
acid bloba 
batB 
centaurC 
chameleon: 
cockatricecStoning by hissing is an instadeath
demon& 
dogd 
dragonDAs the modern red dragon
ettine 
floating eyeE 
fog cloudf 
freezing sphereF 
gelatinous cubeg 
ghost(space) 
giant antA 
giant beetleb 
giant ratr 
gnomeG 
guard@ 
hobgoblinH 
homunculush 
impi 
jackalJ 
jaguarj 
killer beek 
koboldK 
large dogd 
leocrottal 
leprechaunL 
little dogd 
long wormwif NOWORM not defined at compile time
lurker above~ 
mimicM 
minotaurm 
nursen 
nymphN 
orcO 
owlbearo 
piercerp 
purple wormP 
quasitQ 
quivering blobq 
rust monsterRReduces enchantment rather than truly rusting
scorpions 
shopkeeper@ 
snakeS 
stalkerI 
tengut 
trapper, 
trollT 
umber hulkU 
unicornu 
vampireV 
violet fungiv 
wraithW 
wumpuswif NOWORM defined at compile time
xanx 
xornX 
yellow lighty 
yetiY 
zombieZ 
zrutyz 

Objects Edit

Artifacts Edit

Hack 1.0 has only one artifact, Orcrist. Any weapon may be named Orcrist and will do d10 extra points damage to orcs. There can even be more than one Orcrist.

In Hack 1.0.2, Orcrist would be limited to two handed swords.

Amulets Edit

Only the Amulet of Yendor and the cheap plastic imitation exist in Hack 1.0.

Food Edit

Food items in Hack 1.0 are:

The tin did not contain the remains of monsters, but rather a randomly-chosen food such as peaches or, if the adventurer is lucky, spinach.

The dead lizard was a found object rather than a corpse; live lizards did not exist in Hack 1.0. It could reduce confusion, but had no effect on cockatrices.

Weapons Edit

Weapons in Hack 1.0 are:

Tools Edit

Tools in Hack 1.0 are:

The ice box is the only container. Then as now, it preserved corpses, and was generally too heavy (and too rare) to be useful for inventory management.

Armor Edit

Armor items in Hack 1.0 are:

Potions Edit

Potions in Hack 1.0 are:

Scrolls Edit

Scrolls in Hack 1.0 are:

The scroll of damage weapon acts as the modern scroll of enchant weapon does when cursed. The scroll of genocide acts, in all cases, as the modern blessed scroll; but most symbols refer to only one monster anyway.

Wands Edit

Wands in Hack 1.0 are:

Rings Edit

Rings in Hack 1.0 are:

Because charisma does not exist in Hack 1.0, the ring of adornment is a useless item.

Gems Edit

Gems in Hack 1.0 are:

and worthless pieces of blue, red, yellow, and green glass.

Other items Edit

Other items not appearing in the above categories are:

It is not possible to pick up an iron chain, nor can they be generated from iron golems, because these do not exist in Hack 1.0.

Shopkeepers:

  • Pakka Pakka
  • Asidonhopo
  • Manlobbi
  • Adjama
  • Kabalebo
  • Wonotobo
  • Akalapi

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